Bashir Ahmad Rehmani
PASSCO will procure 775,000 sacks of 100 kgs each wheat from 19 procurement centres in the district at the rate of Rs. 1300 per 40 kgs, Zonal Head PASSCO Tariq Rashid said here. He said that empty sacks (bardana) will be provided to the growers at 9 token centres from April 20 and small growers would be given preference.
In this connection a meeting of district Heads was held under the chairmanship of Acting DC Allah DittaWarraichwhere the DC directed the PASSCO personnel to provide all sorts of facilities including provision of chairs, drinking water and overhead shelter at the token are procurement centres being setup in the district.
The DC directed the officials of PASSCO to ensure distribution of bardana and procurement of wheat in transparent manner and warned that corruption and indifference towards growers particularly small growers would not be tolerated and the defaulters would face music.
The ZonalHead PASSCO told the meeting that as stock of wheat for the past two years is lying in the godowns hence the PASSCO has not increased procurement targets this year. He further told the meeting that 6 token centres are being setup in Hafizabad tehsilwhile three in Pindi Bhattian tehsil where empty sacks would be provide through draw of ballots while 10 procurement centres are being setup in Hafizabadtehsil and 9 in Pindi Bhattian tehsiland the interests of growers particularly small growers would be fully protected to save them from the middlemen. The meeting was attended among others by District President Kisan Board AmanullahChatha, ACs Hafizabad and Pindi Bhattian and project Manager of PASSCO.